Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who tested positive this week for COVID-19, has confirmed he has not been vaccinated against the virus.
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Rodgers had said earlier in the season that he was immunized against COVID-19 but didn’t say he was vaccinated.
On The Pat McAfee Show Friday, he spoke out against the coverage of his status in the media.
“I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now,” Rodgers said, according to Sports Illustrated. “So, before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I would like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself.”
He also said that the NFL knew of his vaccination status, CNN reported and that he had asked the NFL to consider a homeopathic treatment as an alternative to the vaccines, ESPN reported.
He claimed the media was on a “witch hunt” to find out which players were vaccinated. He also blamed reporters for him saying he was “immunized” in August, CNN reported.
>>Previous coverage: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers tests positive for COVID-19, out for game against Chiefs
He said he is not anti-vaccine, but that he is a “critical thinker.” Rodgers also said he had been following the rules set by the NFL for unvaccinated players. He underwent daily testing, even on his days off, undergoing more than 300 tests before receiving a positive one. But he said the rules were there to blame unvaccinated people.
The 37-year-old football player said he is allergic to an ingredient in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, and was worried about potential side effects from the Johnson & Johnson shot. He said deciding on using alternative treatments was “what was best for my body,” CNN reported.
Rodgers said he feels “really good” now after having mild symptoms for about 48 hours. He is not sure when he can get back on the field or what is next after his positive COVID-19 test.
He said he followed the advice of “good friend” and podcast host Joe Rogan, who also was diagnosed with COVID-19, on how to treat the illness. Rodgers said he took monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, zinc, vitamin C and DHCQ, CNN reported.
Rodgers will not be playing against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.
2005: Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Getty Images)
2008: Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers poses with the MVP trophy after speaking to the media during a press conference at Super Bowl XLV Media Center on February 7, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
In this handout photo provided by Disney, Super Bowl XLV Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers takes a celebratory ride with Mickey Mouse, following the Green Bay Packers’ 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers February 6, 2011, at Walt Disney World Resort February 7, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Rodgers was 24 for 39 for 304 yards and threw three touchdowns in the Packers’ Super Bowl win. Immediately after Super Bowl XLV was over, Rodgers shouted "I’m Going to Disney World!" and "I’m Going to Disneyland!" for TV cameras as the star of the latest Disney Parks advertisement. (Photo by Gene Duncan/Disney via Getty Images)
NFL player Aaron Rodgers and actor Justin Timberlake present the ESPY for Best Male College Athlete during The 2011 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
NFL player Aaron Rodgers (L) and actress Olivia Munn attend the DirecTV and Pepsi Super Saturday Night featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers at Pier 70 on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for DirecTV)
NFL player Aaron Rodgers attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
NFL player Aaron Rodgers (L) and host Danica Patrick attend The 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talks with Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers after the Patriots defeated the Packers 31-17 at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers shares a moment with former quarterback Brett Favre during a ceremony for the late Bart Starr at halftime of the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 15, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after getting the win against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field on December 08, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 29, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-23 in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 12, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a play against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship game at Levi’s Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates scoring his first running touchdown of the season in the 2nd quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lambeau Field on November 15, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Davante Adams #17 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with teammate Aaron Rodgers #12 following a nine yard touchdown reception during the third quarter of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on December 06, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The touchdown marks Rodgers’ 400th career touchdown pass. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on in the second half against the New York Jets during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 21, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers takes the field during player introductions against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field on October 03, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after running for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field on October 03, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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